Sandy River

Creating a wild river sanctuary

On Oregon's Sandy River, WRC created a 17-mile conservation and recreation corridor in partnership with Portland General Electric and the BLM. As part of this effort, PGE removed two dams on the Sandy River system. (Photo by Steve Terrill)

Critical habitat for salmon and steelhead, Boulder Creek is one of four key Sandy River tributaries that WRC has protected in partnership with the BLM and PGE. (Photo by Steve Terrill)

The Little Sandy River is a key tributary to the main-stem Sandy River. Until PGE removed the Little Sandy Dam, the river's entire flow was diverted 1.7 miles upstream from its confluence with the Bull Run River, which flows into the Sandy. Following the removal of the dam, salmon and steelhead almost immediately recolonized the Little Sandy. WRC's efforts have placed riparian lands along the Little Sandy and Bull Run rivers into permanent conservation for the sake of native fish and wildlife. (Photo by Steve Terrill)

Portland General Electric removed Marmot Dam from the Sandy River in 2007, reopening the upper river to salmon and steelhead. For over 100 years, the dam had blocked fish migration and cut off prime spawning habitat throughout the upper reaches. (Photo by Associated Press)

Looking upstream on the Sandy River to the site of the former Marmot Dam. (Photo by Steve Terrill)

(Photo by Josh Kling)

Confluence of the Salmon and Sandy rivers. (Photo by Peter Marbach)

The Sandy River, immediately below the site of the former Marmot Dam. (Photo by Steve Terrill)

Oregon's Sandy River flows 56 miles from its glacial headwaters on Mt Hood (background) to the Columbia River. Above and below the project area, parks and wilderness safeguard most of the river. WRC's efforts with PGE and the BLM protect a 17 mile stretch between those areas, which means nearly all of the Sandy River is now conserved for fish, wildlife and public enjoyment. (Photo by the Sandy Historical Society)